Rathdrum woman sentenced to 25 years for killing her newborn baby

Elizabeth Keyes

RATHDRUM, Idaho — Elizabeth Keyes, 23, was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison for strangling her newborn baby to death.

Prosecuting attorney Barry McHugh said Keyes strangled and attacked her baby with a box cutter. She later attempted to clean up the murder scene and hide the evidence, including the child’s body.

She claimed to be unaware of being pregnant until she gave birth to her son at home.

McHugh said it was one of the most horrific cases he has seen as a prosecuting attorney.

“While we would have liked a longer sentence, it is good Ms. Keyes will be incarcerated for a long time,” McHugh said. “Absent some change in Ms. Keyes, she may very well serve all of the twenty-five years of her sentence.”

She was convicted of second degree murder and felony destruction of evidence, the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.

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